Easter always plays an important role in ushering in spring. Whether you embrace the religious aspects of the holiday or simply enjoy the arrival of bunnies, baby chicks and coloured eggs on the scene, it always lets us know spring has arrived for good.
Everyone has a different way of celebrating – some plan a big family brunch or dinner with extended family, others quietly colour eggs with their children and smile as children giggle over hidden Easter eggs.
I always love the idea of an Easter brunch. There’s nothing wrong with calling the family over for ham and scalloped potatoes if that’s what you love, but spring to sometimes calls for something lighter, something fresher. Why not put some fresh flowers on the table, open the curtains and blinds and set a morning table that will cheer your family and start spring off on the right foot?
For the table: add fresh flowers, pretty place mats, and nice napkins. Even the simple touches can make guests feel special. And even if you are only serving family, you’d be amazed at how kids can appreciate the niceties we skip for daily meals. Serve juice in a pretty pitcher, and pour coffee into a nice carafe.
What to serve: think fresh flavours, and dishes that help remind us that winter is over. Think fresh fruit, a choice of juices, the perfect pancakes served with homemade whipped cream. Add something savoury like a Vegetable Gruyere Frittata. Choose your ingredients carefully; if you can purchase it fresh or upgrade an ingredient, do so. These details all make for a memorable feast.
Editor’s Note: Chocolate always plays a big role at Easter. If you’re looking for some fun things to do with it, remember that one of the best ways to melt chocolate is via induction cooking. Check out our induction video. The chocolate portion— “induction is perfect for melting chocolate”—is at around 1:10!
Make it special: it’s always nice to decorate for holidays, but go beyond the artificial grass and paper decorations. Try displays of naturally coloured eggs, and fresh flowers in spring colours like yellow, pink or purple. If you have children who like to colour eggs, consider doing a day ahead of time so you can display them for Easter. Alternatively, arrange a colouring session after brunch and involve all your guests!
Colouring eggs: it’s time to get creative! Have no fear, there is a wide range of ways to enjoy this activity, and kids tend to have very low expectations. A few dollars at the grocery store can usually get you an egg colouring kit if you want simple and fast results, however, once you’ve mastered basic dyes, don’t be afraid to experiment. Get inspired – try natural dyes, sponge painting, marbling, or decorate with a wax crayon before putting the eggs in dye, and more egg decorating ideas.
A handy tip – be sure to purchase white eggs, not brown!
Happy Easter, everyone!